Live like George (or Judy) Jetson at the new Yotel New York at Times Square West, a technophile’s 669-room paradise that marries convenience with innovations to delight even the most cynical of travelers. The star attraction of the lobby (a sleek terminal awash in soft purple light) is the Yobot, a towering robotic arm that stores guests’ luggage in bar-coded bins. Following check-in, guests ride the elevator up to Mission Control, a 24/7 concierge desk that serves as a gateway to 20,000 square feet of interconnected public spaces.
The outdoor terrace transforms into a lounge at night, complete with inflatable cabanas. And Richard Sandoval’s Dohyo Restaurant serves international fare on tables that disappear into the floor for special events.
Yet for all the technical wizardry on display, this vision of the future doesn’t sacrifice warmth. Cabins (inspired by airline cabins, much like the capsule rooms of in-airport Yotel properties in London and Amsterdam) offer thoughtful touches like a bed that converts into a sofa, monsoon rain showers and ultraquiet heating and cooling systems, ensuring that guests feel soothed amid the bustle of Midtown.